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GRIM IN GRIMSBY…

By ATWadmin On January 30th, 2009 at 7:50 am

It’s inevitable that as unemployment soars, there is going to be massive strain on community cohesion and those people born and bred in the UK are going to be very unhappy when they see local jobs going to foreigners. Whether this is right or wrong is beside the point, it IS happening…

Hundreds of oil refinery workers demonstrated yesterday to demand ‘British jobs for British workers’ in a row over the influx of foreign labour. Unions say up to 1,000 took part in the unofficial protest, accusing Italian and Portuguese workers of stealing their jobs. They are furious that 400 are being brought in to work on a £300million construction project, claiming qualified locals are available to do the job at a time of soaring unemployment.

The thing is that we live in a globalised employment market which has been further exacerbated by the UK’s submergence into the EU and the accompanying easing of trans EU job mobility. So, Italians to Grimsby? – no problem. The social cohesion that holds our nation together is now under pressure and as we march through 2009 I can only see this get worse. If we are not a Nation, how can we protect local jobs for local people? Being in the EU has reduced our ability to act locally, and the fruits of this are now there for all to see. Today Grimsby, tomorrow….?

A QUESTION OF DEGREE…

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

You really should click here and play spot the odd one out!

GO BIBI!

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Some good straight-talking from Bibi.

“Binyamin Netanyahu, the front-runner to become the next Israeli Prime Minister, today warned that Iran’s “100-yard dash” to securing nuclear weapons is a graver danger to the world than the global economic crisis.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, before Israel’s election in 12 days, Mr Netanyahu claimed that Tehran was now close to securing an atomic bomb, and was in a “100-yard dash” to the finish line in the race to obtain the weapon.

Mr Netanyahu said that despite all its intractable problems, the financial and economic crisis would ultimately prove reversible and be beaten by governments and central banks.

But in an ominous alert to world leaders, he said: “What is not reversible is the acquisition of nuclear weapons by a fanatic radical regime committed to a pre-medieval view of the world.”

He’s right and all those writing lettets to the mad mullahs may think denial is a sustainable strategy but not one Israel under Bibi can accept.

just a small clause…

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

 

Anyone else notice the news about the ‘Small Rider’ in the Obama Pork Stimulus Package which is racing towards defeat in the Senate?

Seems like our friend in the White House, and his friends in the Senate haven’t learned that when ‘Protectionist’ plans are laid open, someone’s gonna react! The Rider calls for only American-made equipment and goods are to be bought with the funding available, and whilst this might play real good in Peoria, it is gonna’ go down like a lead balloon in Brussels.

Normally, I am no fan of the E.U., or it’s machinations and diktats, but even Obama the Great must have heard of the World Trade Organisation and the rules thereof? Don’t the new bunch know that there is not only a comparatively new outfit on the block, but it’s proven to have teeth. I didn’t agree with the ruling, I didn’t even agree with the ideals behind the ruling, but Microsoft had to take notice, and if the world’s smartest software company had to accept defeat at the hands of a bunch of Brussels bureaucrats, what bet are you willing to place on the United States Government winning out against an Ace-high royal flush hand based on anti-trust legislation?

The ideal of ‘protectionist’ policy itself is politically pleasing, because then any clown like Gordon Brown can shout out  “Drawing on the talents of all to create British jobs for British workers” which of course was paraphrased without comment to  ‘British Jobs for British workers’, without the necessary expansion that of course all European Union workers would be able to fill those posts because Britain cannot discriminate against fellow E.U. countries. But if he had, for example, said ‘We will only allow those workers to fit parts or equipment made in Great Britain, the Brussels mafia would have come down on him like the Leaning tower of Pisa without the stay ropes!

So why would an otherwise astute politician such as Obama allow such inflamatory language within half-a-mile of legislation he has said would help save the nation? Is it because he knows it is faulty, won’t work; and therefore he can blame the bloody Europeans for stymying his ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ stimulus package?

 

 

Parade……Attention!

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Just a short post in memory of Bill Stone, the last British Serviceman to have seen active service in  both the First and the Second World Wars. 

He served in HMS Tiger, HMS Hood, and completed five round trips in support of the Evacuation from Dunkirk. For sheer understatement, read his own words on the BBC People’s War pages. One ship he served on was a target for a U-Boat attack returning from Dunkirk, but the torpedo went straight underneath the ship, as the U-boat captain had overestimated the draught of the ship, and so fired it too deep.

Some of his compatriots from the 1939-45 conflict were known to me through my own service in the Merchant Navy, and almost without exception I found them very quiet on the subject of their own wartime memories. One of the few who talked about his experiences was a survivor of Japanese imprisonment after capture, and gave me some insight into the reasons for his bitterness towards his former captors.

Bill Stone was one of three survivors of the First World War still alive, and with his passing one less reminder of what was possibly the most futile conflict ever fought exists!

“Blow out, you bugles, over the rich dead

There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old

But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold

These laid the world away, poured out the red Sweet wine of youth,

gave up the years to be of work and joy, and that unhoped serene that men call age,

and those who would have been their sons they gave, their immortality”


OVER HERE – SUPERBOWLSUNDAY – THE REAL FOOTBALL

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

This Sunday we Yanks all come together for a service.  Many pray silently to God while others shout out the Lord’s Name, depending of course on how they bet.  I refer of course to the de facto national holiday of the Superbowl, an American institution, like Aretha Franklin, that just keeps getting bigger.

The lads in Public Enemy used to rap Don’t Believe the Hype, which is perhaps a good state of mind for an event that is so overblown that the game itself often pales by comparison.  The media coverage is so complete that even non-football fans can recite the Quarterback’s passing percentage in their sleep.   The Game is so Roman Orgy in its taste level that they have to use Rman numbers to name them.  This year it is Superbowl XLIII.  The Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the Arizona Cardinals.  Pittsburgh is favored.

Think of it as a combination of Thanksgiving’s food consumption with the alcohol consumption of New Year’s Eve.  All on a worknight mind you.  Chili, chicken wings, pasta, mac and cheese, fried chicken, sausage, gumbo, chips & dip, giant sandwichs (heroes,subs or grinders) filled with stacks of roast beef, ham, cheese, pork ribs. . .you know -health food.

So if there is less chatter on ATW this Sunday from this side of the pond, you’ll understand we are all watching the game (and the billion dollar commercials).  And of course Monday we’ll all be hungover (I know I know, how will you tell the difference).  It is a true moment of national unity.   Go Steelers! 

you don’t have to be paranoid…

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 10:58 am

Ever worried about how you look, from a facial, skin and hair point of view? If you are young, usually but not exclusively female, you perhaps take most care to look as smart, or groovy, as the people in your circle of friends; and of course you might meet ‘Mr. or Miss Right’, and travel as a couple from then on! Job done, you may think. The fact that most people select their partners only partly on visual attributes is a truth that not many will admit to. Speaking as I do purely for myself, I met my future wife in a ballroom in London, when I was three-parts pie-eyed, but still had sufficient brains to attach myself like a leech to her hand, and the rest is forty-one years of life. She was beauty to me then, and she still is now, and I often wonder what she saw when this man hove into view in front of her chair, and asked if she would dance. But the point of this post is not to discuss the fact that my wife and I met, and over a period of time, in my case some ten seconds, fell in love, but that we are both elderly, and look it!

So what do you make of the lady who was turned away from a Asda supermarket because she had no Photo I.D. to prove her age. As can be seen from the photo in the newspaper, she is a fairly striking brunette, but the main thing is she doesn’t look young, or at least young enough to be challenged from an age point of view. No, she was refused service because she couldn’t prove her age! That, folks is a direct result of this Nu-Labour control freakery about telling everyone how to behave. First it was smoking, then it was eating, and now it’s booze! When we are told that we drink too much by Public health minister, Dawn Primarolo, that is when we should start to feel nervous! Why, because that scrawny little Trot is sharpening up the thinnest of wedges to control what we drink, and when we drink it! 

One of the lesser-known computer systems, used by both the Americans and the British, is Echelon. It is the spy masters’ wet dream brought to life! The U.K. branch of this system is set in the U.S. Base of Menwith Hills. and has the ability to monitor ALL phone and E-mail messages emanating from the UK and the western side of Europe. It is based upon the use and detection of selected words and phrases, together with known ‘persons of interest’, and it means that the U.S and U.K. governments have the ability right now to listen on almost a real-time basis, to what you are talking about. So link that to the forthcoming I.D. systems which have commenced for foreigners and airport security people, which can hold enormous amounts of data about any individual, and suddenly you have the capacity to determine what a person is buying, (RFID technology), what they bought yesterday, and it is but a short jump to determining how near they are to any pre-determined ‘limit’ set by some narrow-faced and -minded bloody woman who used to worship at the altar of Trotsky and Communism.

So enjoy your Chardonnay or Mersault, your Rioja or Cabernet Sauvignon, or even your Fosters or Guinness, because I predict that within a very few years, if this Fascist Labour government is returned by the sheep, we will be ruled by a narrow-minded bunch of bigots who will determine how much we eat, drink, and dispose of before the automatic penalties kick in!  You might well say, “Tush, Exaggeration, Rubbish!”, but how many of you have paid speeding fines from automatic cameras set at accident ‘blackspots’? 

 

LITTLE LOVE LETTERS…

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 9:51 am

I see that Obama has composed a little love letter to Ahmadinejad

“Officials of Barack Obama‘s administration have drafted a letter to Iran from the president aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks, the Guardian has learned.

The US state department has been working on drafts of the letter since Obama was elected on 4 November last year. It is in reply to a lengthy letter of congratulations sent by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on 6 November.

Diplomats said Obama’s letter would be a symbolic gesture to mark a change in tone from the hostile one adopted by the Bush administration, which portrayed Iran as part of an “axis of evil”. (Boo Hiss – we all know that Iran is a good and kind nation) It would be intended to allay the ­suspicions of Iran’s leaders and pave the way for Obama to engage them directly, a break with past policy.”

Yes- the letter should really do the trick. Why didn’t anyone in the Bush regime think of this cunning ploy I wonder? Oh well, now we have the Demo sophisticates in power we can be sure that more letters will be written and surely more problems solved.

Mind you, Ahmie has responded to an overture by The One by.. demanding an apology for past US “crimes” committed against Iran.

I wonder if a written apology will suffice?

God, grovelling to Iran and he’s only just been sworn in. Israel – look out.

A GREENER AND FAIRER EMERALD ISLE?

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 9:40 am

Is there anybody out there who STILL puts any weight on the opinion of “financial experts”?

“The European Commission has warned the Irish economy is particularly vulnerable in the wake of the housing boom and the erosion of its competitive position. In a report released today, the Commission recommends careful prioritisation of public spending, strengthening productivity and rebuilding competitiveness as key factors in helping the country to weather the current financial crisis. The report is part of a regular review of Member States’ national programmes to create growth and jobs. Each country’s progress is monitored by economic experts and specific recommendations are issued.”

Not so sure I agree with that. I suppose it depends what is meant by “prioritisation”? Productivity can of course be strengthened but that may mean more job losses and the currency issue is left unaddressed.

However the bit that caught my eye was this..

“Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the EU must agree and implement the much-needed structural reforms set out in the report’s recommendations “to pave the way for a gradual but lasting return to creating growth and jobs, within a greener and fairer economy.”

What does that mean? Socialism, I’m guessing.

THE POINT OF POWER….

By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 9:31 am

I wonder what is the POINT of a so-called Governing Executive if it refuses point blank to discuss the biggest issues of the day?

“The controversial issues of the future of both the Maze site and the 11-plus are unlikely to be discussed at an Executive meeeting on Thursday. Both issues have been mired in controversy and it would seem the logjam is set to continue as local politicians fail to reach a consensus.  Regarding the 11-plus, there is speculation that the DUP and Sinn Fein could not agree as to whether a vote should be taken on the issue.  The Maze stadium issue has also divided the two largest parties in the Executive.”

Hang on – I just remembered the point of the Executive.